This anthology gathers Giuseppe Mazzini's most important essays
on democracy, nation building, and international relations,
including some that have never before been translated into English.
These neglected writings remind us why Mazzini was one of the most
influential political thinkers of the nineteenth century--and why
there is still great benefit to be derived from a careful analysis
of what he had to say. Mazzini (1805-1872) is best known today as
the inspirational leader of the Italian Risorgimento. But, as this
book demonstrates, he also made a vital contribution to the
development of modern democratic and liberal internationalist
thought. In fact, Stefano Recchia and Nadia Urbinati make the case
that Mazzini ought to be recognized as the founding figure of what
has come to be known as liberal Wilsonianism.
The writings collected here show how Mazzini developed a
sophisticated theory of democratic nation building--one that
illustrates why democracy cannot be successfully imposed through
military intervention from the outside. He also speculated, much
more explicitly than Immanuel Kant, about how popular participation
and self-rule within independent nation-states might result in
lasting peace among democracies. In short, Mazzini believed that
universal aspirations toward human freedom, equality, and
international peace could best be realized through independent
nation-states with homegrown democratic institutions. He thus
envisioned what one might today call a genuine cosmopolitanism of
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